For Americans, flu far greater a threat than novel coronavirus

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For Americans, the flu is a far graver health threat than novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, despite all the anxieties and media hype on the latter, new statistics from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows.

The flu has caused the deaths of 14,000 to 36,000 Americans, hospitalized at least 250,000 and sickened 26 to 36 million people in the current flu season in the United States, according to recent statistics from U.S. CDC.

On the other hand, there are only 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with no death reported. Globally, COVID-19 has killed less than 2,000.Every season flu sickens millions of Americans, hospitalizes hundreds of thousands, and kills tens of thousands. Previously, the 2017-2018 flu season was the most severe in a decade in the U.S..The 2018-2019 season is record-breaking in duration, with continuous surges of flu activity. The U.S. had two different waves of flu, the first caused by H1N1 viruses and the second caused by H3N2 viruses.

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